Connecticut StateDepartment of Administrative Services

Consumer Protection Inspector (Food)

Recruitment #210907-2206AR-001


The mission of the State of Connecticut, Department of Consumer Protection (DCP) is to ensure a fair and equitable marketplace as well as safe products and services for consumers in the industries that it regulates.

DCP's Food and Standards Division has a current opportunity for a Consumer Protection Inspector (Food). This position will be required to inspect all commercial food products to ensure that they are free from contaminants, properly labeled, and to record observations and initiate corrective actions. They will also be expected to observe the processes of handling, preparing, and storing food to make sure that it is safe and within legal codes, identify unsafe practices, and educate manufactures and distributors on current health and legal concerns. The incumbent may have to deal with such locations having varying extremes in temperature and potentially uncomfortable conditions.

This position is primarily a field position based at 450 Columbus Blvd., Hartford CT.

It is a full time, 40 hours per week, Monday through Friday position, however, must be flexible to meet the needs of the agency.

Selection Plan

All State employees shall follow the guidelines as listed in Executive Orders  13F(3a) and 13G(3a) .

The minimum experience and training requirements must be met by the close date on the job opening, unless otherwise specified.

The immediate vacancy is listed above, however, applications to this recruitment may be used for future vacancies in this job class.

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Note:  At any point during the recruitment process, applicants may be required to submit additional documentation which support their qualification(s) for this position.  These documents may include:  a cover letter, resume, performance reviews, attendance records, supervisory references, licensure, etc., at the discretion of the hiring agency.  Applicants must meet the minimum qualifications as indicated to apply for this position.

Should you have any questions pertaining to this recruitment, please contact Jennifer Neumann at and reference the recruitment number.


In the Department of Consumer Protection, this class is accountable for independently performing a full range of tasks in conducting inspections to assess compliance with relevant state and federal laws and regulations.


Inspects premises, vehicles, equipment, products, processors and distributors of food and food products to ensure compliance with state and federal laws, regulations and standards to include Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point (HAACP) evaluations; inspects products for adulteration, correctness of weight and accurate, honest labeling and advertising; investigates complaints including those regarding fraud and misrepresentation in sale of foods purporting to be produced or sold under a recognized certifying organization such as but not limited to kosher, hallal or organic; secures samples for analysis and testing; testifies at hearings and in court; gathers information and writes reports; may inspect and test commercial scales; may assist in training of new inspectors; may speak before the public as assigned; may assist in performing inspections in other regulated areas in emergency situations; performs related duties as required.


Knowledge of food processing, production, marketing and distribution; knowledge of food sanitation and bacteriology; knowledge of personal hygiene as related to food production; knowledge of relevant state and federal laws, statutes and regulations; knowledge of inspection and investigation methods and techniques; interpersonal skills; oral and written communication skills; ability to utilize computer software.


Five (5) years of experience in the inspection and enforcement of food laws and regulations OR production and distribution of food OR food bacteriology research OR quality control of food.


  1. College training may be substituted for the General Experience on the basis of fifteen (15) semester hours equalling one-half (1/2) year of experience to a maximum of four (4) years for a Bachelor's degree.
  2. A Master's degree in a closely related field may be substituted for one (1) additional year of the General Experience.


The preferred candidate will have:

  • Bachelors/Masters Degree in Public Health, Agriculture or Food Science.
  • Experience applying Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point (HACCP) principles.
  • Experience with food safety and inspection practices.
  • Experience performing food and document sample collection.


  1. Incumbents in this class may be required to travel.
  2. Incumbents in this class may be required to possess and retain a valid Motor Vehicle Operator’s license.


Incumbents in this class may be required to lift heavy objects such as cases of food, bags of flour or cartons of manufactured goods, exposed to moderately disagreeable conditions and required to work in tiring positions.



The State of Connecticut is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and strongly encourages the applications of women, minorities, and persons with disabilities.

The State of Connecticut is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and strongly encourages the application of women, minorities and persons with disabilities.